Willie Collins Loses Slow Bout To Western Foe
BOSTON, April 6. --- (AP) Fate played a trick here tonight on
Philadelphia Inquirer A. A. boxers when two of their team members, Bill
Speary, Nanticoke, Pa., and Johnny Aiello, Wilmington, Del. both in the
118-pound class, were forced to look across gloves at each other in a
contest for the National A.A.U. bantamweight tittle. Their fighting in
the early bouts indicated that they might have to settle the issue
between them in the final and this turned out to be true.
Fighting like two strange tigers of the jungles the Quaker
youngsters staged a fight that kept the chills running up and down the
gathering of 8000 as Speary gradually thrashed his way to a close but,
well-earned verdict over his neighbor.
AIELLO PILES UP LEAD
Aiello started out like a two-to-one shot, piling up a commanding
lead with left jabs to the face and smashing right-handers to the ribs
that appeared to worry Speary. The former flyweight champion settled
down to deliver some serious fighting in the second round and by the
time it was over had overcome Aiello's lead with something to spare.
Bill kept a rapid-fire attack going to Aiello's body, punches that
slowed down the latter badly. In the third round with the gathering
cheering their spirited efforts, the little fellows rallied back and
forth, each taking turns in fighting until Speary deposited his man on
the canvas for a short, count half-way through the round.
SPEARY FINDS RANGE
Aiello came back to stage a brilliant spurt, but Speary had his
hitting range gauged to perfection and continued to spear his man with
stinging jabs to the mouth that drew blood. Both were going strong when
the bell ended the round while the crowd roared its approval.
It was one of the best fights in tournament and that takes in
everything from the opening to closing night and gave Philadelphia a
bantamweight champion who will defend his laurels with all the trimmings
of a real titleholder.
Speary was the only boxer to win second successive, championships.
Speary was last year's ll2-pound national champ.